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  • The #LegflagChallenge Photo Contest aims to encourage birdwatchers, bird photographers and all kinds of citizen scientists to document and report sightings of waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that carry leg flags, tags and other types of attachments. Birds carrying these leg flags and tags provide crucial information about their life histories for professional conservationists and researchers. The information drawn from these observations, in turn, are particularly valuable in helping conservationists develop plans and actions to conserve migratory birds.

    Your sightings contribute to conservation!


    The #legflagChallenge photography contest is open to all participants regardless of age, gender, residence and nationality.

    All entries must involve images photographed in the countries under the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership’s and/or Oriental Bird Club’s region. These countries include, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia (Far East), Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Timor-Leste, USA (Alaska), Vietnam.


    1.     Deadline: 15 November, 2020

    2.     Information to be provided for each entry*:

    • Date photograph was taken
    • Description of location and GPS coordinates
    • Species
    • Information on legflags/tags
    • Caption of a maximum of 100 words on the story of the bird in the photograph

    3.    Photos should be taken between 1 July 2020 to 15 November 2020.

    4.    Each entrant may only submit one entry per species. Entrants may however submit multiple entries covering different species of waterbirds.

    5.     All submitted photographs must be in JPEG format, and NOT exceed 5MB in file size. Rename the file name to: Photographer's name_MMDD (date of entry), e.g. Sam Park_0905,jpg.

    6.     No signature, no logos, no watermark text should be present on submitted images.

    7.     Check here for the detailed Rules & Regulation and photography ethics. For any inquiries,

    please contact legflagchallenge@gmail.com.

    *The contest organisers will convey information on the legflags/tags observed to scientists who can then provide us with feedback on the tracking history of the bird in question.

  • Examples of the different types of tags and attachments on migratory waterbirds.

  • Waterbirds are defined here to include, but are not limited to cranes, waterfowl, shorebirds, rails, herons and egrets, gulls and terns. Please consult the EAAFP website for a full listing of all families of waterbirds.


    1.     Best Photo of tagged Waterbirds

    Photos of all tagged waterbirds are welcome. We are looking forward to receiving images of the following eight species of particular conservation concern:

    • Spoon-billed Sandpiper
    • Great Knot
    • Spotted Greenshank
    • Bar-tailed Godwit
    • Black-tailed Godwit
    • Far Eastern Curlew
    • Black-faced Spoonbill
    • Chinese Egret

    2.     Highest number of entries submitted

    Individual with highest number of entries (i.e. most number of species reported) submitted for this campaign

    3.      Most votes and best caption story

    It will be judged from the top 20 caption narratives with the most votes about the bird(s) captured in the photographs


    • Optical equipment, photography gears, bird books, membership of OBC, (more to come)
    • Winning photos will be published in EAAFP’s 2021 Calendar. 
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